The changing of the guard at the top table in Hucknall Sunday football has yielded another significant result.
For newly-promoted STATION HOTEL (HUCKNALL) defeated BARFLYS H20 2-1 in the latest local derby in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S Premier Premier Division.
Bottom-of-the-table Barflys, desperate to improve a return of four points from their opening eight matches, took an early lead when Sean Melbourne, the self-proclamed ‘Bestwood Beckham’, fired home.
But Station recovered well and after Rob Needham had equalised, Danny Draycott bagged a dramatic, late winner.
RUSTY after a long five-week lay-off, GREEN DRAGON got stuck in the Titchfield Park mud against high-flying Old Colonial in the NSML’s Premier Premier Division.
The match was delayed for 45 minutes to allow the sun to thaw out the frozen pitch. But once it got under way, the surface deteriorated into a bog, sapping the energy of both sides.
However, Colonial triumphed 4-1 to go top of the table and leave Dragon dangerously close to the relegation zone.
The first goal, scored by Bulwell striker Scott Litchfield, cam against the run of play when the home defence failed to clear their lines.
And it was followed by a penalty-miss from Dragon’s Danny Taylor, whose kick was saved after a blatant push in the box.
So few could argue that the Hucknall side did not deserve their equaliser -- young blood Keiran Clarke turning on the edge of the area to fire into the roof of the net.
An open match was anyone’s, but crucially, Colonial regained their lead just before the break as Litchfield buried a shot off the base of a post.
In the second half, both ‘keepers had saves to make, but the visitors capitalised on their chances, adding two more goals from Jack Smith and Ryan Smith.
DRAGON LINE-UP (3-1-4-1) -- Taylor J./ Lewis, Neale, Smith/ Sisson/ Clarke, Curtis, Bernard, Matthews J., Haskey/ Taylor D. Sub: Lester.